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A baffled Lionel Messi called for change after Barcelona gave the La Liga title to Real Madrid on Thursday, notice the group will lose in the Champions League too on the off chance that they neglect to improve. Barca’s title challenge finished with a cry at Camp Nou, where they were beaten 2-1 by Osasuna.
Madrid’s 2-1 triumph at home to Villarreal guaranteed they were delegated, Spanish heroes. Annihilation presses mentor Quique Setien, who took over in January with Barcelona sitting head of the table. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said Setien will stay in control for the Champions League one month from now.
Barca plays their subsequent leg at home to Napoli, with the last-16 connection the parity at 1-1.
“The feeling of the team is that it tries but can’t do it, that we leave a lot to be desired in many areas and today in the first half I think they were better than us,” Messi said after the loss to Osasuna.
I said sometime in the past that if we proceeded along these lines, it would be hard to win the Champions League and that has been demonstrated to be the situation in La Liga as well.
“If we want to fight for the Champions League we will have to change a lot because otherwise the match against Napoli, we will lose that as well.”
Messi scored a splendid free-kick against Osasuna yet it was insufficient. Madrid pulled seven focuses away from Barcelona in front of Sunday’s last round of games.
“We didn’t expect or want to finish like this but it almost sums up the whole year,” said Messi. “We have been very inconsistent, very weak, beaten on intensity or desire.
“They created chances very easily and scored. During the whole year, we have been inconsistent and we have lost a lot of points where we shouldn’t have. This game showed what this year has been about for us.”
We must act naturally basic. Messi has been disparaging of the board this season and recommended everybody at the club should take a lot of the fault.
“After the break, Madrid has not lost any games and they deserve credit for that but we have also helped them a lot,” said Messi.
“We lost a lot of games that we should not have lost and we have to be self-critical, starting with the players, but it has to be a total self-criticism from everyone because we are Barcelona and we are obliged to win the matches whatever happens and instead look at us.”
On the off chance that Barcelona comes through against Napoli, they will confront Bayern Munich in the last eight, with a compacted organization of single legs right through to the last.
“I think we need a little air, this break will be good for us, to clear our heads, forget about everything that has happened,” said Messi.
“It has been very bad from December until now but it is the Champions League and there are four games that can give you a trophy that we all want. But we have to change a lot and be very self-critical.”
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